Irish 1,000 Guineas Guide

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1. CORAL BEACH

T - Aidan O'Brien

J -

One of four in the race for trainer Aidan O'Brien, Coral Beach finished eighth in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp - the French Guineas a fortnight ago.

Was never a factor that day under Ryan Moore and connections will hope for better here now back on home turf, and with a more realistic chance.

Still, top individuals in this field and she need to rediscover the form she showed to take a Group Three at Leopardstown at best to be involved.

2. DEAN STREET DOLL

T - Richard John O'Brien

J - Colin Keane

Daughter of Oasis Dream, Dean Street Doll remains one of the more lightly-raced fillies in the field, and will need to rapidly increase her performances after her second in a Guineas Trial earlier this month.

With many of these fillies having competed in actual Guineas since, she does have some ground to make up in the colours of Clive Washbourn.

Did win smartly in her maiden at Limerick in April, and has come a long way in a short space of time.

3. EAST

T - Kevin Ryan

J - Jamie Spencer

Daughter of Frankel made a rapid start to her career last term, winning on debut at Hamilton, and then at Saint Cloud in France in a first time Group Three.

Ran an absolute stormer behind Newspaperofrecord in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs in November, and a promising season as a Classic contender beckoned.

Skipped the British version for the French, finishing a good third to Castle Lady at Longchamp, and should make the frame here.

4. FAIRYLAND

T - Aidan O'Brien

J -

Classy two-year-old winning four out of her five races last term, two of which in Ireland.

Her best performance came on her last run of last season at Newmarket, when getting up late in the day to in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes.

Stamina questions remain from her fifth at Newmarket earlier this month, but was prominent for a lot of the way.

5. FOXTROT LIV

T - P Twomey

J - W J Lee

One of the more less-known individuals in the field, Foxtrot Liv has been racing in Class Ones for a little while now, and is yet to win since taking her maiden at this venue in August.

She reverted back to a Median Auction Fillies contest last time out, of which she scored easily, and now tries the top level for the first time (Group One).

Has form with Hermosa, when finishing two lengths down in a Group Three at Naas in September.

6. HERMOSA

T - Aidan O'Brien

J -

English 1,000 Guineas winner Hermosa looks to follow up quickly in his homeland at the Curragh.

Similarly to stablemate Magna Grecia, she opts to stay over a mile and not contest the Derby or Oaks route in her case, and looks a ready miler for the future.

She kept on really well at Newmarket, and should be in with a great chance of scoring here too.

7. IRIDESSA

T - Joseph O'Brien

J - Wayne Lordan

Iridessa won the bet365 Fillies Mile at Newmarket as a juvenile - beating Guineas winner Hermosa by a length-and-a-half.

Sadly, she has not been in the same life since, finishing a decent third on reappearance at Leopardstown behind Lady Kaya, but faded tamely back on the Rowley Mile earlier this month.

Should do better and is capable of it being a Group One winner; time to step up.

8. JUST WONDERFUL

T - Aidan O'Brien

J -

Just Wonderful was sent off one of the market leaders for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket early this month, and was the mount of Ryan Moore - indicating first choice for Ballydoyle.

She looked well but started very slowly, and although running on to make some good late headway into sixth, the three-year-old was never involved or a factor on the front group.

Should come on from the run and rubbed away her early-season greenness, and is another with a smart Group success to her name - Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket last season.

Jockey booking crucial, but should stake a claim this time.

9. PRETTY POLLYANNA

T - Michael Bell

J - Frankie Dettori

Decent two-year-old at the start of last season, winning three of her first four outings.

Her defeat came when a fair fifth in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, but struck at Newmarket in a Group Two, and at Deauville in a Group One.

Lost her way a bit when returning to the Rowley Mile for a couple of appearances, and now returns with a big reputation to fulfill.

10. QABALA

T - Roger Varian

J - David Egan

Completing the ten-runner field is British Guineas third Qabala, who sadly lost her unbeaten record that day.

Still, it was a fine run from the daughter of Scat Daddy who made significant headway on the far side of the field, proved to be on the wrong side of major draw bias which we saw in the colts division the day before.

David Egan was applauded for his efforts as he had big pressure on his shoulders, but she may fair better here and prove to be a tough filly to beat.

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